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Copyright, 1913. by tho Star' Company. Great Britain nights "RcsorvcC
Gorgeous Evening Coats the Crowning Sensa
tion of the Coming Season's Startling Modes
LADY DUFF-GORDON, the famous "Lucile" of London, and fore
most creator of fashions in the world, writes each week the fashion
atticle for this newspaper, presenting all that is newest and best in
styles for well-dressed women.
Lad'Duff-Gordon's Pans establishment brings her into close touch
with that centre of fashion.
' Lady Duff-Gordon's American establishment is at Nos. 37 and 39
West Fifty-seventh street, New York.
By Lady Duff-
iER evening wrap can bo to a
woman nor crowning Joy or her
greatest disappointment It
can give to her the supremo
consciousness that every detail of her
costume Is perfect or it can make her
feel that she is all at sizes and sevens.
Gone are tho days when a woman's
evening coat was merely a covering for
her fragile gown, a Bhell in which nes
tied Borne delightful creation of the
modiste's art. To-day the evening wrap
Is as Important as tho costume under
neath. Therefore to be tho crowning
glory of tho ultra modern costume the
evening wrap in theso extravagant days
can no longer bo demure.
We no longer resemble tho gentle
wren, nor yet tho sparrow with their
dull,, sombre coats. No. To-day It is as
the gorgeous peacock, or perhaps the
decorative scarlet tanager, that we dis
play ourselvos at nightfall. "Gay as
peacocks," "Vain, as peacocks," these are
Front View of "Peacock" Wrap of Rose-Brocade, Oriental
Embroidery and Real Lace.
The Coat-of-the-Rose, Quaint Wrap of
Rose nnd Silver Taffeta,
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The "Golden Pheasant" Wrap of
Gold and Red Brocade.
the expressions that man often uses
when given to censuring our sump
But, speaking of peacocks, does man and
the world at large ever stop to think that the
peacock with his superb clothes, his colossal
vanity, is masculine. Verily is woman ma
ligned. The example of bedecking ourselves
Is set us by tho male birds of the air. Why,
therefore, should the male of our species be
forever carping at us?
Recently I read a bit of verso anont this
peacock myth, that I quote before going on to
tell you moro about some lovely peacock wraps
recently exhibited in Paris:
"Feminine vanity? Oh, yo gods,
Hark to these men!
Vanity's wide 'as the world is wide,
Look at the peacock in his pride;
Is it a hen?"
There is nothing too fragile, nothing too
sumptuous for woman to have made into her
evening wrap. Fabrics as fragile as chiffon
or as elaborate as silver bo.cado, laces of a
rare and unusual design, all those aro d&lgbt
fully transformed Jnto the most seductivo of
evening coats'. There are times when I feol
that some sublimated name should be created
for such wraps as I have just been designing.
Of a verity the English language Is too re
stricted, There is too little color in it to
properly describe thorn. ,
Can you imagine anything moro lovely than
e coat "of real cbantilly lined with rose chiffon.
I recently created such a one for a bride, and
he whispered to me Just after her return
from the honeymoon that her coat Wad meant
s much to bar as hor husband's embracos.
I am sending you this week somo coats for
ovenlhg that should inspire you with the same
happiness with which the chiffon wrap in
spired the happy little bride. I have selected
three that I call Peacock wraps. Is this not a
charming and a truthful name for them.
But ven here I make distinctions. I like
to think that a wonderful golden pheasant in
spired tho ono bearing its namo. There is a
rare simplicity of design in this coat. It wraps
the wearer lovingly in its folds, but does not
hide or detract from the graoo of hor figure.
It Is very long and narrow In the back, and Is
draped toward tho front Tho very short
kimono sleoves edged with golden mallno and
the neck ruche of the mallne are new and odd
touches that mark this as of tho very latest
Then I havo soloctod for you also two views
of ono of theso Poacock coats, a back and
front view, that will convey to you olearly the
sumptuousnoss of this model.
Tho coat Is a wonderful rose brocade, draped
over hips so as to give a novel pannier effect
The cape, which forms the sleeves, Is made of
a rare and old point venlso flounce that the
woarer hod received from her grandmother.
The shaped ploce around the nock is an
olaborato bit of Oriental embroidery, fruit of
a long visit in tho Orient Tho design of this,
while very different from that of tho Golden
Pheasant Is Just as graceful and also enhancos
rather than detracts from thv grace of tho
Very different although perhaps not so
sumptuous in outline, is the short wrap that I
have named tho "Coat-of-tbo-noso." This is
one of the hip wraps or coats that are so very,
chio this season in Paris. It has tho quaint
atmosphere that soems so necessary at this
time. It is created in a flowered moire change
able taffeta in rose and gray, but rose pre
dominates, and tho wearer usually has at her
waist a glorious rose sot in foliago, and from
this rose and the color came the name, "Coat
of-the-Rose." There is. much old
gold lace used as decoration.
The sloeves aro short, and wbllo
this Is an evonlng wrap, it might
also be used as an adjunct to a
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